As many government workers decry hardship due to minimum wages, a survey of the Hadejia market in Jigawa State, has shown that prices of foodstuffs; rice, corn, millet, sorghum etc are down by 30% from the initial hike.
The survey was conducted by NAN on Tuesday, August 23, and they discovered that a bag of millet goes for N14,000 as against N18,000 while a bag of paddy rice went for N8,500 as against its previous price of N11,000. Also, maize and sorghum were sold at N11,000 and N13,000 down from their initial prices of N15,000 and N17,000, respectively.
Further investigations showed that the price reduction was necessitated by the harvesting of food crops and the corresponding increase in the supply of food items in the market.
Farmers were also reportedly attributing the high yield in agricultural product to appreciable rainfall and good weather condition recorded this cropping season. While the market traders who spoke to NAN attributed the drop in prices of food items in the state to increase the supply of fresh produce from the farms. Other dealers such as Alhaji Kassim Adamu expressed confidence that prices would further go down because of the harvest by farmers.
Hopefully, other state markets will implement on lowering the prices of foodstuffs since workers in Nasarawa state had earlier protested against the slice in wages by the state government on July 29. The Nigerian Labour Congress has shown support saying it was wicked for any state government to think of cutting down workers’ pay at this time of economic hardship.
According to them, workers should not be victims of economic doom, when they are hardly considered during economic boom.
The Chairman of the congress in the state, Mr. Jerry Nnubia explained that a bag of rice is N23,000 and therefore unfair for the state governor Tanko Al-Makura to make such inconsiderate move.
“A bag of rice today is N23,000 or more and their minimum wage is N18,000. Why haven’t the governors sliced their wages and those of their aides?
Mr. Nnubia stated that cutting workers’ salary was not only wicked but also a criminal act.